Live Lean Nation, we’re talking about The Biggest Loser TV show on today’s episode of Live Lean TV. But more importantly, 3 reasons why a big percentage of The Biggest Loser contestants, and many of YOU, are set up to fail at LIVING LEAN. In other words, why you inevitably put the weight back on after you lose it.
But before we get to the 3 reasons, you guys know one of my goals is to make the transition to TV. Last year, I had a TV producer approach me for TV concepts, but unfortunately, the concept of teaching people how to LIVE LEAN 365 days a year is just not WOW worthy enough.
Trust me I get.
Before my fitness career I worked in advertising for 8 years, so I understand the need for the “shock factor”. And based on the ratings, The Biggest Loser TV show obviously has that. Sure The Biggest Loser can be motivating for viewers, and it does help contestants lose weight’¦BUT…
Before answering this, you may be asking, “What does Live Lean mean?”. If you’re new to my Live Lean 50,000 Transformation Mission, it’s simple. I’m on a mission to educate, motivate, and inspire 50,000 people to Live The Lean Lifestyle by focusing on EATING REAL FOOD and MOVING their BODIES more EFFECTIVELY, 365 days a year. In other words, having the confidence to walk down the beach in your best swimsuit, any day of the year.
My Live Lean TV show has been viewed by millions of “Live Leaners” all over the world who are on a mission to create lifestyle habits to MAINTAIN an energetic, strong, and lean body. Now are the question remains’¦are The Biggest Loser contestants learning these lifestyle habits to MAINTAIN their weight loss and “Live Lean” 365 days a year?
Maybe for some… but probably not the majority. Do I disagree with the trainers approach on the biggest loser? No. Why?Because that’s what The Biggest Loser show is…it’s a competition to lose the weight the fastest. It’s NOT a competition to create the healthiest contestant or teach them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle (i.e. Live Lean).
Amazing results. I just really hope she is now up to the challenge of living lean. Lets take a quick look at Rachel’s accomplishments. She started the show at 260 lbs and within 7.5 months, ended the show at 105 lbs. That means she lost 60% of her weight, 155 lbs, in just 30 weeks. That averages over 5 lbs in 1 week. The standards for a more aggressive weight loss program typically have people losing 2 lbs per week. In other words, she lost 250% more weight on average per week, than a typical “aggressive” weight loss standard.
Rachel has said she worked out 6 hours a day for 3 months before the finale while maintaining an intake of 1,600 calories. Even her trainer, Dolvett Quince, was “shocked” by her appearance, and was quoted as saying…
“The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘That’s just too much,’ ” – Dolvett Quince
At the time of writing this blog, there’s talk The Biggest Loser may be tweaking the show to not allow such a drastic change in such a short period. That should be interesting.
However, the reason for this video blog is not to be negative towards Rachel Frederickson or The Biggest Loser.
It’s to address…
We all know the calories in vs. calories out equation for weight loss. But I’d add two words to that last sentence…
Let me read it again’¦we all know the calories in vs. calories out equation for short-term weight loss.
You know I’m a big believer that you need to eat to live lean. When you don’t eat enough calories over the long-term, your body ends up entering survival and starvation mode, which simply means your body holds onto stored fat and burns your lean muscle for energy.
Hopefully by now, I’ve beaten the concept that muscle is the driver of your metabolism. So we should be doing everything we can to build and preserve lean muscle tissue for long-term health. If your body’s burning your muscle, your metabolism will come to a crashing halt. Not to mention, no one can live off that low of a calorie intake for long. So inevitably the contestants go back to their old ways of eating. FAIL!
In my opinion, The Biggest Loser contestants seem to be developing a very poor relationship with food.
Remember, REAL food should be a positive experience. It’s your friend. Not your foe.
I’ve heard contestants of The Biggest Loser are working out for up to 6 hours a day while on the show. Now I’m a workout junkie but even I think I’d develop a hatred for it if I was forced to do that. Working out to me is like brushing my teeth. It’s just something I do without even thinking about it.
This leads to an overall positive connection to exercise.
Once again, the techniques used on The Biggest Loser seem to be creating another negative connection to what should be a positive habit.
I kind of already touched on habits.
Food and working out should be a positive experience.
I’m not sure The Biggest Loser contestants are truly falling in love with the natural high from a good workout or the satiating feeling of eating whole foods that fuels our cells with energy.
Changing your mindset and behaviours will eventually create positive habits. Habits are everything when it comes to living lean. I promise, you will fall in love with the live lean journey once you figure out your “why”.
Why is it important to you?
This will change your mindset from trying to lose weight fast, to creating a healthy long-term lifestyle. As cliche as it sounds, I’m going to end with the standard saying…
Living lean is a marathon, not a race. Anything worthwhile takes time.
The Biggest Loser TV show helps contestants lose weight FAST. That’s the point of the show. If seeing those dramatic weight loss stories motivates you to take action on your journey and maintain it as a lifestyle. PERFECT! But if The Biggest Loser is setting you up with unrealistic expectations in your mind and making you develop these negative relationships with food and exercise’¦then it’s time to turn off your TV and turn on YouTube. I hear there’s a decent show called Live Lean TV’¦LOL (shameless plug’¦I know).
Change your mindset. Change your behaviors, and eventually you will form healthy long-term habits to help you live lean 365 days a year.
If an ordinary dude like me can do it. There’s no reason you can’t either.
Keep living lean!
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.